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July 3, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

July 3, 2019

Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present
condition now more than ever. 
                                                        --  1 Corinthians 7:21
The United States observes Independence Day tomorrow, and many people will hold celebrations in their neighborhoods and around the city.  The purpose of such celebrations remind us that the ideals of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," are on-going ideals for absolutely everyone.   
Historically, we know that the founders of this country were not perfect people.   They lived in a world of slavery, a world of vast inequality between landowners and sharecroppers, and a world that was systematically destroying the Native Americans' way of life. They saw the role of women differently than we do today.  They were not perfect, and we need to fully acknowledge that when we discuss the nation's founding.  However, they were different than many of their European contemporaries in the fact that they conceived of a society that would not only be free of a monarch, but would also be a realm where every person had a voice to make a difference.  They believed that people had the right and the responsibility to govern themselves.
As our history recalls, once the colonies broke free from England, life was not any easier whatsoever.  The new country was forced to deal with issues around trade, national security, economic stability, and relations with other nations.  The quest for freedom was just beginning.  As time went on, the country began struggling with the evils of slavery and the mistreatment of Native Americans.  Some states began to grapple with the vast inequality and economic hardships for women in the new country.  Other regions struggled with creating a pluralistic society where people of many religious faiths could live in peace and harmony.  The new United States was not a utopia.  It consisted of human beings faithfully aspiring to creating a way of life and a way of governance that had never been tried before on this planet.   
After 50 years of the great American experiment, in 1826, organizers in Washington, DC, wanted to hold a celebration to recognize this important milestone.  The organizers wanted Thomas Jefferson, then age 83, to be present at the festivities, but he was too ill. He wrote this to be read:

"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self-government.  That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion.  All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man.  The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view.  The palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.  These are grounds of hope for others.  For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them." 
What Jefferson wrote rings true for us today.  The 4th of July calls us to recollect our rights and to recommit to the ideals of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all people in this land.  Our eyes must be opened, or opening, to the rights of all human beings.
Our country has great challenges at the moment.  Some of the actions of our current government are beyond unconscionable, and many of us are deeply grieved by the injustice and discord.  Independence Day reminds us that we all play a part in this great American experiment, and when things go wrong, it is up to the people of this land to make them right.  Everyone has a voice, and with such rights come great responsibility for the welfare of all people.
As Jefferson reflects, " the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs," meaning that we have not all been given the same amount of material wealth or education, but it does not make our desire for liberty and justice for all any less valid.  We all have a part to play in exercising our responsibilities for the common good.
My invitation to you is to make this Independence Day one that is a time of celebration and reaffirmation for you.  Give thanks for the freedoms that you have, and recommit yourself to striving for justice and truth, respecting the dignity of every human being.   
There is great work needed for restoration and reconciliation in this land.  This work starts with you!  Independence Day gives you the opportunity to start again and recommit to this great calling.  The needs of America are great in 2019.  Your faith will keep you strong.  Go, and do the work Christ gives you to do to be the "grounds of hope" for others! 
In Christ's peace,

Please join us as we celebrate  Sally   Romley 's 94th birthday on Sunday, July 7 after the 10:00 a.m. service.

Coffee hour will be hosted by  Sally 's family.   
Community Luncheon on July 21  

It's summertime, summer time, sum-sum-summertime!   Join us for a community meal after church on Sunday, July 21st!

As is our custom, the Cathedral is pleased to provide entrees and beverage refreshments.   We need you to bring salads, sides, and desserts.

Our meal will begin after the 10:00 a.m. Eucharists end (so, right around 11:00 a.m., for our 8:00 a.m. friends who will be returning to join us).

Contact Clarissa at (602) 254-7126 or to sign up to assist with set-up, tear down, and clean up.

See you on Sunday, July 21.
Back-to-School Backpack Drive Reminder

Please bring your tag and your "filled" backpack to the Cathedral no later than JULY 14th.  Place your backpack in the bin at the front desk.

Our goal is that we want to make sure that every 1st grader at Garfield Elementary starts the school year knowing how much Trinity Cathedral cares!

Any questions email The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at 

You too can be a hero for the kids at Garfield Elementary School!!
Wednesday 12:10 pm service

Wednesday 12:10 p.m. Eucharists will go on hiatus during the month of July.

Due to road construction in July, the cathedral will not hold the Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. service.

The cathedral is ALWAYS open for prayer and reflection during business hours each week, and of course our Sunday worship times will remain the same during the summer (8:00 a.m. and  10:00 a.m.).   
The Ordination of The Rev. Tanya Watt

By the Grace of God and with the consent of the People, The Rt Rev Jennifer A Reddall, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona will ordain Tanya Chere Watt to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's, 1735 S College Ave, Tempe.

Your prayers and presence are requested.                                              Reception following.
More Reasons to Celebrate

               Grace Burns                                       Sylvia Keith

July is a very special month for birthdays at Trinity Cathedral.

As mentioned above, Sally Romley celebrates her 94th birthday this Sunday.

Additionally, Grace Burns will celebrate her 96th birthday on July 15, and Sylvia Keith will celebrate her 98th on July 23rd.

Happy Birthday to Sally, Grace, and Sylvia!!!
Summer Choir Begins!

With the cathedral choir on recess, the Summer Choir will sing through Sunday, July 28.  Summer Choir is open to EVERYONE!  All you need to do is show up in the choir area during these Sundays at 9:15 AM sharp for a quick rehearsal.  We will then sing for the service at 10:00 AM.  For more information, please see Erik Goldstrom.
Summer Hours

Starting May 28, the Cathedral Offices are open Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Regular hours (Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) will resume on September 3.
Heat Relief Network 2019

This summer, the Cathedral will partner with the Maricopa Association of Governments to support a "Heat Relief" network providing hydration stations, heat refuge locations, and bottled water drop-off sites throughout the Valley.

The goal? To prevent heat-related and heat-caused deaths among vulnerable populations and people experiencing homelessness. Last year, there were 181 heat-related deaths.

Support the Cathedral's hydration station by dropping off water donations (8 oz, 12 oz or 16.9 oz bottles) at the Front Desk on Sundays or during the week (Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm).
Summer Saturday Cinema

Join us for Summer Saturday Cinema the 4th Saturday of July and August.

Children, Youth, and Families are encouraged to bring your friends! Come comfortable - lawn chairs, jammies, sleeping bags and blankets! FREE ADMISSION, concessions available for purchase. Movies begin at 7:00 p.m. in Atwood Hall, with entry from the Labyrinth doors at Atwood.

July 27 Movie: UP

Up: Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house. A Disney--Pixar animation.

This is a great entry point, for all ages, to conversations on grief, loss, and recovery.
Episcopal Night at Chase Field 2019

The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, along with their family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a time of fellowship and cheer on the D-backs as they host the Cincinnati Reds! Bishop Reddall will be attendance!

Game Date & Time :

Friday, September 13, 2019
First Pitch: 6:40 p.m.

Seating Optio

$25 - Lower Level Bleachers (section 141) (these seats do have backs)

We're sitting together in the same section again this year, so everyone has an opportunity to chat with fellow Episcopalians and Bishop R
eddall! You're encouraged to wear your church, diocesan, or Episcopal t-shirt to show which church you r epresent.

September is Prison Awareness Month in our diocese, and a portion of every ticket purchased by using this special offer will be designated for the Diocesan Prison Ministry
( p rogram.

There will be a pre-game p
arty again!

Join Episcopalians from all over the Diocese at Trinity Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix) for a pre-game celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. Free parking at Trinity is available at select spots in the garage (read the signs!), in front of Diocesan House, and street parking in the neighborhood.

Gather for refreshments and fellowship, then take the light rail with other fans to the ballpark. Tickets are $4/person for an all-day pass and can be purchased at the light rail stop. The Central/Roosevelt Stop is adjacent to Trinity.

After the game, stay for the festivities that are part of the D-backs Faith & Family Night. There will be fireworks, followed by a player Q & A. Special guest For King & Country ( will be performing a concert to end the event!

The tick
et order deadline is September 3, 2019 .

Seating is Limited! Tickets can  be purchased online at or by phone (the number is on the form). 

To learn more, visit:
Are you up early on Sunday mornings?

If you are, the Trinity team of volunteers who support the breakfast for the homeless at Grace Lutheran Church (one of our downtown neighbors) would like to hear from you. Trinity helps cook and serve those breakfasts regularly, and the team of workers could use a few more Trinitarians who might be willing to participate one in a while. If you're available and willing, please contact Dave Howell at
ICM is always in need of volunteers Monday - Saturday

We serve 150-200 people per day with basic human needs and utilize volunteers to distribute food, clothing and basic necessities.  If you would like to become a volunteer or coordinate a drive, please contact Pia Brown at 602-775-5742 at   Thank you for helping others!
Hospitality Ministry at Trinity

If you love connecting with fellow Trinity Members, welcoming our guests, and having great snacks for coffee hour - WE NEED YOU!

Join Trinity's TEAM HOSPITALITY! Ready to jump on board? Questions? Contact Laura Bardaweel at
New Way to Contribute

Support Outreach!  Help those most in need! - Introducing a new way to contribute.  At the reception desk in the Olney Room art gallery, you'll see a device called a "DipJar."  Many older/traditional churches have "alms boxes" in the back of the church, where people would drop in a few dollars to contribute to the church's outreach efforts.  Here at Trinity, we are inviting you to contribute to outreach using this new device.   Any major credit card will work with the DipJar, and the transaction takes less than 10 seconds.  This is a fun and easy way to give directly to those in our community most in need.   Any of the Cathedral staff or clergy can assist you.  Check it out today!

Summer Art Show

This summer in the Olney Gallery the printmaking work of the Arizona Print Group, a professional organization of printmakers from around the state of Arizona who are united in the practice of hand-pulled, original fine art prints.

They have shown work locally, as well as nationally, and many also teach and give workshops. Mediums include lithography, woodcut, linocut, relief engraving, letterpress, serigraphy, monoprint, intaglio, metal etching and engraving, and photopolymer processes.

Exhibit Dates: June 28 to August 29

(There will not be First Friday Receptions in July and August)
This Week at Trinity
Sunday, July 7
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 1:00pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:30am - Chapter Meeting - Conference Room

Wednesday, July 10
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - On Hiatus for July
8:00pm - N.A. Meeting - Atwood Hall
Saturday, July 13
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
Sunday, July 14
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 1:00pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: Regina & Eric, Amanda, Katlyn, MaryCay, Ellyn & family, Paula, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Sally Romley, Anne Gale, Ying Glauner, Kristy Reisig (7/7), Dennis Manuelito (7/8), Christine Vest, Julia Cary (7/10), and Michal Anne Pepper (7/11).
Anniversaries: Samara Way & Todd Liolios (7/6).
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. George's, Holbrook.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. For refugees and all those affected by warfare, natural disasters and civil unrest.